I got an email from an atheist student attending a Christian college yesterday.
She has to do the following assignment for a class:
Read Peter Kreeft’s webpage ‘Twenty Arguments for the Existence of God‘…
Evaluate arguments 6, 14, 16, 18, and 19 and select the one that you would feel most comfortable using when trying to convince an open-minded non-believer in the existence of God.
Write an essay analyzing your argument. Be sure to take into account of the following guidelines:
State the argument in your own words.
Explain the argument’s strengths
Explain (two) of the argument’s weaknesses (you should consider another reliable Internet source when addressing the weaknesses).
Explain which attributes of God are supported by the argument. For example, Is the God proven to exist actually a personal God?
Explain how you think that the argument might affect your non-believer intellectually and emotionally.”
Nothing on that website’s going to sway you, but if you’d like to amuse the student (and me) as she finishes her assignment, try answering those questions in the most amusing way possible 🙂
It’s not on the list, but here’s Argument 10 (“Argument from Consciousness”) to get you started:
- We experience the universe as intelligible. This intelligibility means that the universe is graspable by intelligence.
- Either this intelligible universe and the finite minds so well suited to grasp it are the products of intelligence, or both intelligibility and intelligence are the products of blind chance.
- Not blind chance.
- Therefore this intelligible universe and the finite minds so well suited to grasp it are the products of intelligence.
I’m totally swayed. You?
How would you respond to this nonsense (outside the context of the assignment)?